Category: Sundays

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“THEY PREACH, BUT DO NOT PRACTICE (Matt 23:4)

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Mal 1:14b – 2:2b, 8-10; Psalm 131:1, 2, 3; 1Thess 2:7-9, 13; Matt 23:1-12 Today, I remember some words that are ascribed to St. Augustine, “For you, I am a priest; with you, I am a Christian. I rejoice at what I am with you, but what I am for you terrifies me.” As I was going through the readings for today’s liturgy, terrible fear enveloped me. I realized once more how delicate is this precious vocation that I embraced. To be frank, I have enjoyed every minute of my priestly life such...

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“LOVE IS THE GREATEST OF ALL (1Cor 13:13)

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Exod 22:21-27; Psalm 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 47 and 51ab (R.2); 1Thess 1:5c-10; Matt 22:34-40 “LOVE IS THE GREATEST OF ALL (1Cor 13:13) There is really no other commandment than the call to love. A careful consideration of all the commandments of God would show us that that is in the mind of God when giving out the Ten Commandments to the Israelites. Unfortunately, hypocrisy and pharisaism have led to the bastardisation of that original intention of God. That was how the Pharisees led the Jews of Jesus time into the confusion they found themselves...

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WE ARE THE VINEYARD AND ITS TENANTS

⏰TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A ????Isa 5:1-7; Psalm 80:8 and 11, 12-13, 14-15 and 17b, 18-19(R. Isa 5:7a); Phil 4:6-9; Matt 21:33-43 My dear, the end is becoming even more imminent, and the reality of accountability at the end is being more emphasized in our readings at this period. May God grant us the wisdom to always take all these messages seriously to avoid being taken unawares in the end. Amen. Today, the theme of the vineyard flows through the Readings and two important issues stare at us from them: ????How do we accept the word of God?...

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“THERE SHALL COME FORTH A SHOOT FROM THE STUMP OF JESSE, AND A BRANCH SHALL GROW OUT OF HIS ROOTS” (Isa 11:1)

⏰Solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of Nigeria (01 October 2017) ????Isa 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 (R.v.7); Eph 2:13-22; Matt 2:13-15, 19-23 Happy Independence Day Nigeria! Again, many people might want to ask me, “What are we celebrating?” In the face of the recent happenings in the country, with the great tension and threats in the air, what is there to celebrate? And I will answer, “Hope!” A lot of people have lost hope in the country really and there are calls for secession here and there. A lot of lives have been lost and there are threats for...

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GOD CAN DO MORE THAN YOU COULD EVER ASK

⏰Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) ????Isa 55:6-9; Ps 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-19 (R.v.18a); Phil 1:20c-24, 27a; Matt 20:1-16a May the peace of Christ which is beyond all things dwell with you. Amen. After a long time of suffering in exile, the prophet of the Deutero-Isaiah had, right from the beginning in Isaiah 40:1 embarked on the project of comforting and encouraging the people. Throughout the book (Isa 40:1 – 55:13), he prophesied restoration and the coming of the Messiah. At the end in Isaiah 55, he reminds the people that God is able to provide all that they need,...

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“THE LORD IS COMPASSIONATE AND GRACIOUS, SLOW TO ANGER AND RICH IN MERCY”

⏰Twenty-FourthSunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) ????Sirach 27:30 – 28:7; Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 (R.v.8); Rom 14:7-9; Matt 18:21-35 Last Sunday, in the liturgy, we reflected on the necessity of forgiveness and fraternal correction in order to build up a harmonious community. But today, we are reminded that forgiveness is a norm that must be observed by all. Recall that Jesus had earlier said, “If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive you either” (Matt 6:15). Peter might have just recalled that teaching in Matt 6:14-15, and then, since Jesus just brought up the matter...

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CORRECTION WITH LOVE

⌚Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) ????Ezek 33:7-9; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7abc, 7d-9 (R.7d, 8a); Rom 13:8-10; Matt 18:15-20 Conversion is at the heart of Christs ministry on earth. Right from the beginning, it was obvious that it is the key that opens up the kingdom of God to all. In the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, the content of the very first words of Jesus at the beginning of his ministry is based on repentance, Repent for the kingdom of God is near (Matt 4:17; see also Mark 1:15). Even before Christ, right from the moment that man drifted...

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“FOR YOU MY SOUL IS THIRSTING, O LORD MY GOD” (Psalm 63:1)

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Jer 20:7-9; Psalm 63:2,3-4,5-6,8-9 (R.v.2ab); Rom 12:1-2; Matt 16:21-27 In his famous book, “The Confessions,” St. Augustine declared, concerning God, “You made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” The prophet Jeremiah noted in the First Reading that the more he resisted the Word of God, the more his heart burns towards it (Jer 20:9). It is not as if it is so much of a comfort following God. Both the First Reading and the Gospel talk about the presence of the cross in following him. Jeremiah...

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ALL AUTHORITY COMES FROM GOD (cf. Rom 13:1)

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Isaiah 22:19-23; Psalm 138:1-2a, 2bcd-3,6 and 8bc (R.8bc); Rom 11:33-36; Matt 16:13-20 The Readings of today point out the fact that every authority comes from God. Other themes that might also be developed from them would serve to support that major theme. In the Gospel, Jesus handed the keys of the kingdom of heaven to Peter. The First Reading, like the Gospel, refers to that key as a sign of authority. There are some points that need to be clarified here: First, Jesus handed the leadership of the Church over to Peter but...

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THE ASCENT OF FAITH AND THE UNIVERSAL MERCY OF GOD

Twentienth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Isaiah 56:1.6-7; Psalm 67:2-3.5.6 and 8 (R.4); Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Matt 15:21-28 In the readings of last Sunday, we saw audacity of faith that Peter displayed by daring to accept Jesus invitation to come to him walking on the sea. However, the insufficiency of that faith showed up when he was faced with the troubled sea and took his gaze off Jesus. In the gospel reading of today, the Canaanite woman is set before us as example of undoubting faith which does not take a ‘NO’ for an answer. The faith of this...